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Beamsville Abode Built for a Beagle

April 04, 2018 | PHOTOGRAPHY BY KELLY HORKOFF

These animal lovers enjoy their new home with décor touches of beagles, bunnies and bears.

OUR HOMES Niagara Spring 2018A version of this article originally appeared in the Spring 2018 issue of  OUR HOMES The Niagara Region, p.24. Find local businesses in our Niagara directory

Emma, Lucie and Holly are the three resident beagles at a new custom home in Beamsville that sits on two-and-a-half acres against the verdant backdrop of the Niagara Escarpment. A little sign welcomes guests to Madison’s Ridge, named after the owners' treasured late beagle, Maddie. 
 
The new home, at 3,100 square feet, is done in a Craftsman style, in a space that brings together classic country aesthetics with modern touches. “We had thought about cottages,” the owner says. “So we thought, let’s find a nice piece of property and we can build our Muskoka home here.”
 
Their builder, Homes by Hendriks, introduced the owners to architect Santy Yeh of Designs by Santy, who helped them realize their vision for their home. “We wanted fewer but bigger rooms, and we wanted it to have a country feel. This is kind of our cottage and our house,” says the owner. The home is finished in a light brick and rustic stone with a beautiful burnished wood front door. 
 
One of the first things the owners chose for their new home was the flooring. They needed something durable because of their dogs but it also had to be beautiful. They consulted Tracy and David Smith of Lincoln Flooring & Design and opted for hickory hardwood. It runs throughout the home, lending a soft brown tone.
 
The home’s palette is neutral, with elements of contrasting lights and darks painted by A Passion for PaintingThe kitchen’s custom cabinetry, done in cream by Timberwood Custom Kitchens Inc., is complemented by dark wood cupboards, a custom range hood and striated Cambria quartz countertops. The striking ceramic backsplash came to be thanks to Tim Burke at The Paint Can and installed by Alfieri Floor Expert.
 
Sparkling Lights were helpful in sourcing lighting to work with the décor including elegant pendants over the kitchen island and unique geometric designs over the dining table and stairwell. Stairs by Amber Stairs & Railings Inc. lead to the lower level. 
 
The house is decorated with things the family loves: beagles, bears, and the paintings of Trisha Romance – mostly wintry scenes set in the Niagara region. A visitor with a good eye may spot a few beagles during a walk-through: a beagle-themed throw pillow in the loft office and a shower curtain adorned with smiling dogs.
 
The bears are part of a ceramic collection called Bearfoots they discoverd in Muskoka. The bears are hiding everywhere now – on the mantel in the great room above a fireplace by Stamford Fireplaces, beside the front door, even guarding the paper towels in the kitchen.
 
Between the greenery, the cosy interior, and the little sign at the front gate, this home couldn’t be a more loving homage to Maddie the beagle.

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